We have heard a lot about the Transocean oil platform rig blast off the coast of Louisiana, which has left 17 workers injured, at least seven critically. According to recent news reports, 11 workers are still missing after the April 20, 2010 explosion and are being searched by the U.S. Coast Guard. This oil platform explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform is a sad reminder to all of us about the great hazards and risks offshore oil rig and oil platform workers face on the job. Oil industry workers labor under extremely dangerous conditions and this incident is yet another example of that reality.
Better Safety Standards for Oil Rigs
Big oil companies make billions in profits each year. But how much of this money goes back to ensure that the oil platform where many of these workers toil is safe for them? In fact, there was a fire on the Transocean platform about five years ago, which was apparently caused by the negligence of a distracted crane operator. Federal officials are now pushing for safety standards and procedures on oil platforms. Although it may come too late for those who sustained catastrophic injuries or were killed in this explosion, mandating stricter regulations for oil companies at least now will help save countless lives in the future.
Claim for Compensation through the Jones Act
Oil rig workers and their families may need to file a legal claim to protect themselves financially. The cause of this particular offshore drilling accident is still under investigation. However, these workers should get an experienced Louisiana Jones Act attorney on their side to make sure their legal rights and best interests are protected. A skilled oil rig or oil platform lawyer will be able to help victims and their families determine if they are eligible for compensation provided under the Jones Act, which secures the rights of workers who are injured at sea or elsewhere on water.
I would strongly recommend visiting my good friend and Louisiana maritime injuries and Jones Act attorney, Timothy Young’s informative website about the Jones Act and workers’ rights. Tim has also written a comprehensive consumer guide with a wealth of information on the same subject titled “Six Secrets Your Company May Not Tell You When You Get Injured Offshore”.You will get answers to questions about many topics including choosing your own doctor, giving a recorded statement and filling out an accident report. The Young Firm will even e-mail this publication to you in a convenient PDF format so you get the information you need right away.